Mom is a comprehensive management tool that will oversee both Windows servers and competing platforms. It will provide companies with a single console that categorises and prioritises activities so that administrators can more easily manage large distributed networks.
"For scale-out environments, management is not just important, it is fundamental, and we are making it a major area of investment for Microsoft," said Cliff Reeves, vice-president of Windows .net server product marketing at Microsoft.
Management packs included with the product will provide automatic knowledge about system and application faults and how to deal with them.
In addition, a series of extended management packs (XMPs) from software provider NetIQ that incorporate management support for a number of applications from various companies will be released.
"Mom's ability to co-exist and integrate with non-Windows platforms and applications makes it an ideal solution for third party extensions," said Rick Pleczko, senior vice-president of marketing at NetIQ.
"Mom 2000, in conjunction with NetIQ XMPs, will enable a heterogeneous management environment from Windows for applications such as Oracle and platforms such as Sun and Novell."